Shopping in Ascot
Ascot may be known as the British home of horseracing but there’s more to it than stirrups and hats. The area surrounding the Berkshire town is prime shopping territory. From fashion and art to British food and garden supplies, there’s plenty to discover at nearby shopping malls, high streets, galleries, farms and gardens. Discover the best of the countryside with this two-day itinerary.
Begin the day with a trip to Windsor Royal Shopping, 20 minutes away from the hotel by car.
Windsor Royal Shopping
Located opposite Windsor Castle in a former Victorian railway station, Windsor Royal Shopping offers a unique retail experience. There are over 40 shops selling fashion, cosmetics and jewellery, as well as a number of dining outlets. Shopping highlights include British favourites Hobbs, Jo Malone and Links of London.
Take a 10-minute walk past Windsor Castle and over the Thames Street bridge to Eton High Street.
Eton High Street
Running through the centre of Eton is a traditional high street that’s popular with independent retailers. Worth visiting for its charm and character, Eton High Street offers a plethora of retail options, from couture fashion at Ieva Poriete and fine art at J. Manley Gallery to antiques at Eton Antiques and handmade fudge at Eton Fudge Shop.
Next, take a 20-minute drive to The Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham.
The Stanley Spencer Gallery
The Stanley Spencer Gallery is devoted to renowned 20th century artist Sir Stanley Spencer R.A., who is famed for his paintings of biblical scenes and nature. Original artworks line the walls of the gallery, located in Spencer’s home village, while the shop sells prints of his greatest pieces.
The next stop, The Oracle, is located in Reading, which is a 30-minute drive from The Stanley Spencer Gallery.
The Oracle is Berkshire’s premier shopping centre. Located on the banks of the River Kennet in Reading, the mall is home to anchor department stores Debenhams and House of Fraser, over 80 shops dedicated to fashion, jewellery, home, beauty, technology and sports, and a host of leisure and dining outlets guaranteed to entertain all afternoon.
On the way back to the hotel, stop by Moss End Farm Shop, a 20-minute drive from The Oracle.
Moss End Farm Shop
Moss End Farm Shop, located within Moss End Garden Village, brings the best of British food and produce together under one roof. Sample award-winning British meats and cheese at the delicatessen or browse the store for local farm-made goods, such as condiments and preserves, which are easy to transport home after your trip.
To get back to the hotel, take a 20-minute taxi ride.
Start the second day of your shopping itinerary with a trip to Alan Kluckow Fine Art in the centre of Ascot, just 10 minutes from the hotel by car.
Alan Kluckow Fine Art
A leading hub of contemporary art in the heart of Ascot, Alan Kluckow Fine Art puts together regular exhibitions featuring the works of British and international painters, photographers and sculptors. The gallery encourages artists to pursue a spectrum of contemporary styles, ranging from abstract to new media.
For the next stop, take a 15-minute drive to The Savill Building.
The Savill Garden Gift Shop
When staying so close to The Savill Garden, one of the country’s finest ornamental gardens, it would be a shame not to pay a visit. With a wide variety of homewares, organic produce and plants also found in the garden, the gift shop in The Savill Building is a prime place to shop for souvenirs and gifts that will remind you of your time in the British countryside.
The next stop of the day is Petersham Nurseries, a 40-minute drive from The Savill Building.
A tranquil oasis on the outskirts of London, Petersham Nurseries is one of the area’s most prized garden centres. As well as plants, the centre stocks a large variety of home and garden accessories, indoor and outdoor furniture, and stoneware. There is an excellent café and a teahouse onsite for refuelling after the shopping.
Circle back and take a 40-minute drive to The Gallery at Ice on Windsor High Street.
The Gallery at Ice
Housed in a beautiful Georgian building on Windsor High Street, The Gallery at Ice showcases a wide range of contemporary art, including sculpture, photography and paintings, from British and international talents. Prints from artists ranging from Picasso and Renoir to Tracy Emin and Damien Hirst are on display, as well as hand-blown glass from Peter Layton.
From the gallery, take a five-minute drive to The Royal Farms Windsor Farm Shop.
The Royal Farms Windsor Farm Shop
The Royal Farms Windsor Farm Shop is the official stockist of high-quality meats and goods from the farms of England’s Royal Estates. It’s particularly famous for its hampers filled with premium beverages, snacks, condiments and preserves. Hamper options range from simple beer and cheese gift boxes to the sizeable regal Windsor Hamper, named after nearby Windsor Castle.
To get back to the hotel, take a 15-minute taxi ride back to Ascot.
All journey times are approximate and subject to variation.